Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Friday, June 24, 2011

An Epic Yorktown Zoning Board Of Appeals (ZBA) Hearing

Gentle Reader:

It's not often something so seemingly banal as a ZBA hearing can be described as epic. Last night FBC's application alone took 3 hours to hear and it was adjourned to August 11th, 2011. Save the date. It's still open for public comment.

You can catch reruns on Channel 20, Cablevision in Yorktown. It will rerun every Thursday until August 11th from approximately 8:30pm until 11:30pm.

I will be uploading portions of the hearing with commentary consistently until the next hearing. Below is one of my favorite moments from last night. Al Capellini, attorney for the developer, backs me up and corrects the Yorktown special counsel to the ZBA and the acting chairman of the ZBA, Gregg Bucci, who didn't know the zoning had changed to require special permits for churches in R1-10 zones.

At one point, Mr. Capellini rightfully notes that the law requiring the special permit was put on the books 4 or 5 years ago. Neither special counsel, nor the board chair had a current copy of the Yorktown Zoning Ordinances. The entire Town Code and Zoning is available online and, luckily, I had a copy with me last night. I make a motion that the ZBA have a current copy of the Town's zoning on hand at all hearings. All in favor, leave an "aye" in the comment section, below.

You may want to turn your speakers up, the audio is not the best.


Anonymous said...

I've been a resident of Mohegan Lake for 7 years and I commend your efforts to save our shoreline!! Keep that fire in your belly burning! :)

Evan Bray said...

I truly appreciate the support. Thank you.

Rich said...

That is some real Perry Mason stuff, Evan. Keep em honest.

Linda K said...

Stay tough Evan! We all appreciate what you are doing to save our community!